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GE FirstBuild Joins Third Annual Hack-A-Thon

 

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Join MakerBot Thingiverse and GE FirstBuild at the Third Annual Hack-A-Thon at MakerBot headquarters, in Brooklyn, NY, on June 13th and 14th. It’s free to enter — but space is limited.

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Think Inside the Icebox
Inventors, designers, educators, engineers, and 3D printing enthusiasts will use MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers to prototype connected devices for the home. Small teams will work closely to innovate and explore solutions made possible by 3D printing.

Participants will have access to USB- and Wi-Fi-enabled GE refrigerators, Raspberry Pi’s provided by Seeed Studio, and MakerBot Replicators to aid in their hardware projects, and judges will declare a winner. Prizes like a 5th Generation MakerBot Replicator will be awarded for the best inventions, so make sure you sign up while there’s still space.

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GE FirstBuild
For those looking to make the home smarter, better, faster, and stronger, GE FirstBuild is a “community dedicated to designing, engineering, building, and selling the next generation of major home appliances.” MakerBot and FirstBuild have a strong partnership committed to improving the home with the help of desktop 3D printing. Learn more about GE FirstBuild.

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MakerBot Stories | Fixtures for Our Factory — and Yours

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The section of the MakerBot factory where the MakerBot Replicator Z18 gets made didn’t get much overhead light. So fluorescent tubes were hung above each workstation. The assembly-line workers weren’t used to the brightness, however, and some switched them off.

Scott Hraska, manufacturing engineering manager at the Brooklyn factory, knew that good lighting improves worker safety, productivity, and quality control. So he asked an intern to design a rectangular cap to cover the light switch; there are two holes for zip ties to fasten it to the workstation frame.

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“That’s all it does,” Hraska says of the light switch cover. “But that’s something you can’t buy — and it works really well.”

Factories need lots of things you can’t buy: custom jigs and fixtures that hold parts in place as products are assembled. And all of these fixtures can combine to make your product better and everyone happier: assembly-line workers; cost-conscious executives; customers who tell their colleagues about their experience with your product.

Ordering a custom aluminum fixture can take $10,000 and two or three weeks to get it machined, plus a thorough review and approval process. With a MakerBot Replicator, a company can leverage the 3D modeling knowledge of its engineering team to transform its manufacturing process, becoming more nimble and innovative.

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That’s what MakerBot does in its factory. To set up production lines for the fifth generation of MakerBot Replicator 3D printers, creating jigs and fixtures on earlier models saved “hundreds of thousands of dollars,” says Diana Pincus, MakerBot’s plant manager. “Without the Replicator 2 and 2X, we’d still have been able to start the line, but it would have been more costly, less efficient, and a lot more stress.”

3D printers can also create shapes that are too complex to machine. Testing an idea requires a few hours and a few dollars in filament, not a series of meetings to justify a $10,000 expense. For situations that require something more durable than extruded plastic, a 3D printed prototype will help perfect the fixture before a machine shop produces it.

Creating fixtures on a MakerBot Replicator, Pincus says, “is all leading to the goal of world-class manufacturing.” It supports MakerBot’s commitment to lean manufacturing methodologies like 5S, kaizen, and kanban.

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It also makes it easier to incorporate employees’ suggestions on how to improve the manufacturing process. At one station, Hraska pointed out a cup that holds screws that a worker had asked for: “Make it in two hours, and the guy is your best friend,” he says.

Before coming to MakerBot, Hraska never worked with a 3D printer before. “Once I realized I could make things, the biggest limitation was the size of the printer,” Hraska says. “And now we have the Z18.” For fixtures that require specialized materials or dissolvable supports, the MakerBot factory has a Fortus 900mc.

Most fixtures, however, can be made on a MakerBot Replicator, like the Raspberry Pi case designed by manufacturing process engineer Sydney Dahl. The case, which also houses a 2.8″ screen, allows MakerBot to replace a $500 tablet with a $100 custom computer.

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This Raspberry Pi case is one of nine things used at the MakerBot factory now collected on Thingiverse. It also includes holsters for drills and barcode scanners, and other attachments to 80/20 and Bosch Rexroth workstation frames. The possibilities are limitless; MakerBot also makes fixtures for wayfinding systems.

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Let MakerBot help you find your way to better manufacturing.

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MakerBot Mobile 2.1 | Upgrades for iOS and Android

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Managing your projects remotely is easy with the MakerBot family of apps. Now, for the first time, iOS and Android users are getting the same mobile experience thanks to the MakerBot Mobile 2.1 upgrade for iOS and Android, making your 3D printing experience even better.

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Control Your Printer
Through your mobile device, you can now complete the attachment of the MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder to your 3D printer after it’s been mounted. You can view your printer’s status from anywhere in the app, and enable or disable remote monitoring of your 3D printer.

Additionally, there’s more information on 3D printer preferences in areas like cloud services and firmware version.

Get The Details
The recent upgrade to MakerBot Mobile also means information about printer name, statistics (completed prints, total print time and more) are available through your mobile device.

High Quality Graphics
For iOS users operating an iPhone 6 Plus, projects are getting clearer than ever. Retina HD Graphics compatible with the latest iPhone make MakerBot Mobile crisp and visually stunning.

Upgrade MakerBot Mobile 2.1

Feel free to send us your ideas and feedback to [email protected]

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MakerBot Mobile | Download 2.0 on Android for Better Printing

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MakerBot Mobile 2.0 for Android is the update your smart phone has been waiting for. Upgraded and featuring new ways to 3D print, MakerBot Mobile 2.0 is helping bridge the gap between iOS and Android features.

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Print From Virtually Anywhere
If you have an Android smart phone with a Wi-Fi or Cellular data connection, you can now 3D print from virtually anywhere. Access and monitor any of the latest line of MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers, whether the printer is at the office, in the classroom, or waiting for you at home. When you start a print and can’t be near your MakerBot 3D Printer, you can remotely check on its status with the onboard camera feed to ensure it’s still printing.

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Get The Details
Want more? We’re releasing version 2.1 soon, in which you’ll be able to access various device preferences and notifications on Android.

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Have questions or feedback about MakerBot Mobile 2.0 for Android? Send your comments to [email protected].

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3D Hubs | Think Globally, 3D Print Locally

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Ever since MakerBot started, we’ve been steadily expanding our 3D ecosystem with new features for our 3D printing and scanning hardware, software, firmware, and services. Now, we’re adding a new, exciting partnership.

3D Hubs is the world’s largest 3D printing network, with close to 10,000 3D printer operators. Need something printed? Log in to 3D Hubs and they’ll find you a printer. What happens when the world’s largest 3D printer network and MakerBot Thingiverse, the world’s largest 3D design community, team up? A better experience for users and designers.

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Reliable 3D Printing Right Around The Corner
Accessibility is the big idea behind our latest partnership with 3D Hubs. It’s our hope that this collaboration will provide an opportunity to those who don’t yet own a 3D printer to join the growing MakerBot Thingiverse community.

For the launch, we’ve recruited a handful of Thingiverse power users to make their designs available for easy printing. Just look for the “Print with 3D Hubs” button on the item’s Thingiverse thing page. Click it to set up a 3D Hubs account, choose a location, and order a 3D print of the item.

Arian Croft (dutchmogul), the creator of Pocket-Tactics and co-founder of Ill Gotten Games, is a prolific and popular 3D designer with hundreds of designs on Thingiverse.

Quincy Robinson (3DKitBash) is a toy industry professional with a history of award-winning and noteworthy innovations that cater to Fortune 500 companies.

Isaac Budmen (ibudmen) is author of The Book on 3D Printing and is a designer of sculptures, mechanical parts, and amazing architectural designs.

Walter Hsiao (walter) is a prolific 3D designer who specializes in parts and accessories for everyday living.

Nervous System designs an assortment of jewelry, art, and housewares inspired by science.

Simplus Design creates beautiful 3D printed housewares designed by founders Sebastian Misiurek and Arianna Lebed.

Laura Taalman (mathgrrl) is a professor, mathematician, blogger, and maker who 3D printed something every day for a year.

Bold Machines, created by MakerBot co-founder Bre Pettis, partners with innovators to explore new approaches to industrial and personal applications, as well as fabrication through 3D printing.

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No Printer? No Problem.
With over 1,800 MakerBot 3D Printers around the world registered on 3D Hubs, it shouldn’t be hard to find a Hub near you ready to take your order. Hubs offer different methods for getting you a finished print, from pickup to shipping options. Visit the 3D Hubs website to look for the closest Hub.

Giving Credit Where It’s Due
And when you order, you have the option of tipping the designer who made the item to show your appreciation (and reward their genius). Suggested amounts will be shown on the thing page.

START PRINTING

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An Announcement

At MakerBot, we continue to evolve at an incredible pace. We’ve grown more than 600% from 2012 to 2014 – in short, we’ve grown incredibly fast.

As a company that’s focused on leading-edge innovation, we’ve learned to embrace change in order to stay focused.

Today, we at MakerBot are re-organizing our business in order to focus on what matters most to our customers. As part of this, we have implemented expense reductions, downsized our staff and closed our three MakerBot retail locations.

With these changes, we will focus our efforts on improving and iterating our products, growing our 3D ecosystem, shifting our retail focus to our national partners and expanding our efforts in the professional and education markets.

“These organizational moves are part of the continued scaling of MakerBot,” said David Reis, chief executive officer of Stratasys.

At MakerBot, we’re proud of being a highly innovative company that is leading the new product category of desktop 3D printing. We’ve experienced significant growth since inception, and achieved market leadership by iteratively testing, proving and pivoting our business.

We look forward to putting the power of desktop 3D printing in the hands of even more people in 2015.

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MakerBot | Live Demos & More at 3D Print Design Week

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The 3D Print Design Show is hitting the Jacob Javits Center in New York City this April 16th and 17th, and MakerBot is showing up big. The MakerBot Booth is hosting exciting and engaging live demonstrations, a MakerBot Starter Lab, sample 3D prints, and prizes. The event is free if you register in advance, so sign up today.

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Interactive Design Bars
Join MakerBot at the 3D Print Design Show and head to our Interactive Design Bars. We’ll be providing live software demonstrations throughout the day, led by experts from the likes of Pixologic, Autodesk, SOLIDWORKS, and more. You’ll have the chance to use the featured software thanks to gear like Creative Pen provided by our hardware partner Wacom.

MakerBot Studio will also be on hand. The team will be giving live design demonstrations that show off the skills that contribute to 3D Design Services by MakerBot and the MakerBot Digital Store.

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Engaging Discussions at MakerBot Sessions
The “MakerBot Sessions: MakerBot Learning and Speaker Series” will be held at the MakerBot Theater located directly behind our booth. On April 16th, MakerBot Learning will host workshops focused on how to get up and running faster with your MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer, tips on 3D design, and ideas on integrating 3D printing into your workflow. The afternoon will feature an exciting discussion on the 3D print and design industry by experts from The Foundry, Pixologic, and SOLIDWORKS.

On Friday, April 17th, Autodesk hosts a panel of 3D printing enthusiasts and explorers from the fields of architecture, product design, K-12 education, as well as representatives from SUNY New Paltz. Stop by the MakerBot Booth for the full schedule.

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Did Somebody Say Prizes?
At the MakerBot booth, we’ll be giving out great prizes all weekend. Guests can enter for a chance to win gear from brands like Wacom, Modo, Pixologic, Tinkercad, and Simplus Designs. You can even enter for the chance to win a MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer!

There will also be MakerBot Starter Lab on hand, as well as a host of 3D models, including large-scale pieces from teams at MakerBot Studio, Perkins+Will, Alvaro Uribe Design, and Simplus Design.

We can’t wait to meet you at our booth at 3D Print Design Week. See you this weekend!

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MakerBot PrintShop 1.5 | Bring Your Drawings To Life With Shape Maker

You’ve got great ideas and your full sketchbook is proof of that. Unfortunately, you don’t yet have the 3D design skills to bring those ideas to life. Until now. Enter Shape Maker, an exciting new tool in MakerBot PrintShop 1.5. Shape Maker brings your drawings, doodles, ideas, photos, and scans from 2D to 3D, converting your projects into 3D printable files.

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Snap, Adjust, 3D Print
It’s easy to use Shape Maker. Designed for the iPad and built right into PrintShop 1.5, Shape Maker is intuitive, relying on simple gestures to adjust the details of your 3D print.

-Step 1: Take a picture of your drawing, or upload an image from your iPad’s camera roll.
-Step 2: Scale and crop your image to get the desired shape, using the image balance slider to get it just right.
-Step 3: Save, 3D print, and share your file!

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It’s All In The Lines
We put together some tips to help you get the most out of Shape Maker. It’s simple and fun to use, but using easy-to-capture images makes Shape Maker even simpler.

-Thick black lines on a white background work best. We suggest using a black felt marker. Pictures or designs saved to your iPad’s camera roll should have a similar contrast.
-When taking a photo of your design, reduce shadows as much as possible to help ensure a usable capture.
-You can also use illustration software to make a black on white graphic, save it as an image file, and then save the image to your camera roll. Once you’re in PrintShop 1.5, you can upload the image directly from your iPad’s camera roll.

We’re excited to see what you make with Shape Maker.

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Thingiverse Groups 1.1 | Updated Based On Your Feedback

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When we launched the Thingiverse Groups feature, we knew it was the beginning of something great. To make it even better, we needed to hear from you with suggestions and feedback. So we offered up a survey, and after sifting through the results, we’ve made some highly requested improvements.

Searching and Sorting
One of the most common requests we received involved updating the searching and sorting function. Groups 1.1 has a more accessible search bar and now scans Group descriptions as well as titles, expanding your results. You can sort by groups, and when creating a group, similar names are suggested to avoid creating duplicates.

More for Group Owners
Another suggestion we received from users of Groups was more administration ability for the Group owner. Our latest update means owners can now edit topic thread titles and group names, as well as delete groups that don’t contain any members or topics.

Get Social
Many users wanted easier access to social networks like Twitter. We heard you loud and clear. Groups 1.1 supports Twitter cards, allowing for direct Group URL sharing.

We’re constantly iterating on Thingiverse Groups, and future innovations are on the horizon, including improved categorization and multiple group owners. Be sure to send us your feedback often. We can’t wait to see what you make.

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MakerBot | New Flexible and Streamlined Financing Options

Finance your next MakerBot purchase now!

Between MakerBot.com, MakerBot Retail Stores, and Certified MakerBot Resellers, there are already a lot of ways to get your hands on a MakerBot product. And now, thanks to our new financing partners, Affirm and LEAF Commercial Capital, there are two more.

A new consumer finance option for MakerBot customers
Affirm financing lets MakerBot customers split their payments into three, six, or twelve monthly installments. Affirm offers a quick and streamlined loan approval process built right into our order checkout. It’s a great way to buy your favorite MakerBot 3D printing and scanning devices and accessories without having to carry a balance on your credit card.

Benefits of financing with Affirm
– Easy Checkout: Get instant approval at check out from any device with just a few pieces of personal information.
– Flexible Financing: Grab your MakerBot products today and pay over time with a monthly payment plan that best fits your budget.
– Always Transparent: There are no catches or hidden fees, so what you see at checkout is exactly how much you will pay.

Take advantage of Affirm financing today at MakerBot.com. After adding your MakerBot product and accessories to your cart, select “Finance with Affirm” at checkout. Shop Now.

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Flexible financing for MakerBot business customers
Quickly prototype and build the next generation of commercial, industrial, and consumer products with MakerBot and LEAF Commercial Capital. With LEAF’s fast, easy, and flexible financing, acquiring the latest MakerBot 3D printing technology and services is simpler and more affordable than ever.

Benefits of financing with LEAF
– 100% Financing: LEAF can finance your entire MakerBot solution, including shipping, filament, and training.
– No Money Down: Get the MakerBot 3D printing technology you need with zero cash out of pocket.
– Flexible Terms: LEAF can customize payment terms to help businesses with seasonal variations and other changing business conditions.

Contact the MakerBot Sales Team to learn about flexible business and enterprise financing options through LEAF Commercial Capital, Inc., a recognized leader in equipment and software financing.

 

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Finance with Affirm

How does Affirm work?

Buy now with Affirm and pay over time. It’s simple financing that fits your life.

Monthly Payments

Pay over time with Affirm and split your purchase into 3, 6, or 12 monthly payments. Rates from 10-30% APR.

Easy Checkout

Select the Affirm payment option when you check out and provide some basic information to get instantly approved.

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